I cannot remember a TV show that has been so painfully funny and accurate as The Inbetweeners, if you missed it on it's first run on TV you have missed a comedy classic!
It comes across as a gut bustingly funny mix of Grange Hill, Superbad, American Pie, The Office and Peep Show, mix that with some of the most likeable characters ever to grace the TV screen and you have a ultimate cult classic, that everyone can associate with as the gang navigate those awkward years at High School.
Season 1: 2008
The Inbetweeners is a six-part series about four teenagers growing up in suburbia; a world of futile crushes, sibling brawls, getting drunk too quickly, fancying the girl next door, casting aspersions on your friend's sexuality and riding rollercoasters.
Will's (Simon Bird) parents have just divorced and he has unwillingly had to move and change schools. Previously enrolled at a private school, where he picked up some snobbish tendencies, Will now attends a comprehensive school and has had to make a new set of friends, Simon (Joe Thomas), Lee (James Buckley) and Neil (Blake Harrison), none of whom are that cool or credible.
Season 2: 2009
Combine the juvenile smut of SUPERBAD with the cringing embarrassment of PEEP SHOW, against the 'stylish' backdrop of GRANGE HILL, and what do you get? E4's hilarious comedy THE INBETWEENERS season 2 is still a razor super sharp, one-liner packed celebration of the highs and lows of being a teenager. Perfectly capturing the relentless disappointment of suburban adolescence, the show's four main characters yearn for sex, booze and cheap thrills, without the emotional maturity, money or ID to get them.
Season 3: 2010
The multi award-winning show returns in its third, hotly anticipated series. The Inbetweeners follows the same four friends, Will, Simon, Neil and Jay, as they try hopelessly to navigate their way through sixth form, with their hormones running riot. Neither the coolest kids in school, nor the ultimate nerds the four 'inbetweeners' try their best to improve their social standing, and more importantly impress girls, with typically hilarious results.
From Simon's wardrobe malfunction whilst taking part in the school fashion show, to Will trying to escape being known as the kid who shat himself in the exam, to Jay's trying to avoid his dog's attentions, to Neil's 18th birthday party, nothing goes quite to plan. But that's okay, because they have each other. No, wait... that makes it worse
Although the episodes only run at just under half an hour, they offer the most accuratly observed laughs that has been on TV for decades.
Where the likes of Shamless has seriously lost it's edge. This show is just as sharp thoughout all it's episodes.
This is classic comedy at it's best.
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